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Preventing Homelessness

Housing Support

Brewery Lane

Brewery Lane provides an intensive resettlement service for 22 individuals who have experienced homelessness and problems with sustaining a tenancy. These projects aim to prepare clients for independent living to enable them to resettle in the city and reintegrate back into mainstream society. The project is staffed 24-hours a day, and offers a structured and stable environment where residents are given the space and support to address the issues that contributed to their homelessness.

Residents have their own self contained bed-sit, enabling them to experience a high degree of independent living. They are required to cook their own meals and be responsible for keeping their living areas clean and in a tenable condition. They must also take part in a planned programme of support based on their individual needs and aspiration. Residents have allocated key workers and co-workers who work closely with them and liaise with other housing/supporting agencies to ensure the individual is fully supported in their move towards independent living

Brewery lane provides an intensive resettlement service for 20 individuals preparing them for independent living

Key Facts

  • 67 referrals were received from people in need of accommodation.
  • 66 people received resettlement support.
  • 28 people were helped to move into more permanent accommodation.

 


Jessie Devlin Close

1 Soapwork Lane, Dundee, DD1 1HX

Jessie Devlin Close is a direct access hostel providing a 24-hour crisis intervention service to some of the city's most vulnerable people. Many men and women who are rough sleeping or at risk of becoming street homeless refer themselves to the project to gain help and emergency accommodation. Substance misuse, behavioural problems, relationship breakdown, mental health and prison release are some of the factors leading to their homelessness.

Accommodating up to 33 people, the project offers residents more than a roof over their head. It aims to help them move towards more appropriate accommodation and ultimately independent living. Supported by staff, residents are assisted to engage with the support services needed to help them address the issues leading to their current circumstances. Residents receive healthy and well-balanced meals to help improve their health and well-being and ensure their daily nutritional needs are met.
 

Accommodating up to 33 people, the project offers more than a roof over their head

Key Facts

  • Breakfast and main meals provided 7 days a week
  • More than 250 people provided with accommodation.
  • More than 50% housed in appropriate settled accommodation.

Kevin’s Story

I found myself homeless when I was released from prison and faced the prospect of sleeping rough. A mate told me about Dundee Transforms hostel at Jessie Devlin Close and suggested that I should contact them to try and get emergency accommodation.
Staff at the hostel were great. They gave me a bed and explained how the could help me. My allocated key worker put me in contact with the Drug Problem Centre to help me address my long-standing drug use. I'm now taking part on a methadone reduction programme and hope to be drug free by next summer. My key worker also referred me to one of the resettlement units to help me prepare for moving back into the community.
With the support of my key worker and hostel staff, I am more settled within myself than I've been for years, and feel confident of my chances of changing my life around

 


The Seagate Project


Seagate Project, 2 Sugerhouse Wynd, Dundee, DD1 2SH

Seagate Project is a 15 bedded accommodation unit providing supported accommodation to men and women with severe mental health. The project offers a homely environment and consists of 7 self-contained bed-sits and 2 cluster flats, each with 4 private bedrooms and communal living areas.

On average, residents stay at the project for a period of 2 to 5 years and have security of tenure. The project is a dry unit and aims to help clients develop the life skills needed for an independent or less supported tenancy. Residents are assisted to live their lives as independently as possible, and are encouraged to make their own choices and decisions. Helping them to gain greater independence and enable them to lead a happy and fulfilled life.

Residents are assisted to live their lives as independently as possible, and are encouraged to make their own choices and decisions.

Key Facts

  • 15 individuals moved from temporary accommodation.
  • 24 hour on-site support.
  • Residents control access to encourage independence.

Larry’s Story

Larry's life had been a succession of admissions to mental health establishments all over the country.  As these admissions became longer and more regular it was agreed that he would benefit from living in supported accommodation within the community.  The Seagate Project was identified as an appropriate  place as it allowed Larry to be near his family in Dundee.

After a short settling in period, Larry thrived in a supportive environment.  Staff were on hand 24 hours a day to support him with issues and our tenants were sensitive to his difficulties and supported him in developing skills he had lost or never acquired.   He also continues to receive support and care through statutory services i.e. CPN, Social Worker and GP.

Now Larry enjoys cooking and makes an excellent tuna pasta bake and sharing these skills with other tenants.  He says he has never felt so settled in his life as he feels that any issues (large or small) can be overcome with support from his key worker, staff and peers.  He is rekindling his relationship with his brother which suffered through his illness.